Western Design Conference Draws More than 130 Top Artisans from 22 States to Jackson Hole for September Event

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The Western Design Conference, a popular four-day juried celebration of functional Western art in Jackson, Wyo., attracts a national field of artisans who travel from all over the country to exhibit and sell their handcrafted Western-inspired creations. Artists’ work for this year’s WDC includes furniture, fashion, jewelry and lifestyle accessories on display and for sale in Jackson Hole.

Boots by Chase Custom Boots are just one of the many handcrafted items to be showcased at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole this September.

The four-day Exhibit + Sale brings in more than 130 talented artists representing 22 states from coast to coast.

The Western Design Conference (WDC), the world’s preeminent exhibition of Western furniture, fashion and accessories, celebrates its 23rd annual event in Jackson, Wyo., September 10 - 13, 2015. The four-day Exhibit + Sale brings in more than 130 talented artists representing 22 states from coast to coast and working in varying mediums to showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind, museum-quality functional artwork.

The WDC begins Thursday night, Sept. 10, with the Opening Preview Party at the Snow King Sports & Events Center – including the highly popular live runway fashion show sponsored by Ward + Blake Architects of Jackson Hole. Over $19,000 in cash awards, a live and silent Auction, signature cocktails and culinary creations by Café Genevieve kick off the festive night of shopping. The annual juried Exhibit + Sale of handcrafted Western-inspired work continues at the Snow King Center from Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13. The event’s Retail Row features an additional 30 unique exhibitors presenting a variety of home, fashion and lifestyle accessories.

The following artists, representing eight different categories, will participate in the Western Design Conference this year:

Artists in the Accents category are Beverly Parker Studios (Georgetown, Texas); Block Horse Designs (Roundup, Mont.); CR Linen and Leather (Franklinton, La.); J Booth Art (Burlington, Wyo.); and Many Tears (Camp Verde, Ariz.).

Artists in the Art to Wear - Fashion Show category are A. Tsagas Designs (Denver); Amy Leiner Designs (Madison, Conn.); Chase Custom Boots (Silver Spring, Md.); Gauteraux & Company (Wallace, Idaho) ; Gossamer Wings Santa Fe (Santa Fe, N.M.); Helga's Design (Jackson, Wyo.); J. Hill Artisan Felt (Salt Lake City, Utah); Jamie and Sandra Okuma (Pauma Valley, Calif.); Leather Legends (Fromberg, Mont.); Montana Dreamwear (Basin, Mont.); Scott Wayne Originals (El Paso, Texas); Twin M (Sheridan, Wyo.); Westerngrace (Cimarron, Colo.); Whispirit (Sandia Park, N.M); and Wild Instincts (Idaho Falls, Idaho).

Artists in the Art to Wear - Jewelry category are Cayuse Western Americana (Jackson, Wyo.); Ellie Thompson + Co. (Wallace, Idaho); Forkedelic (Canoga Park, Calif.); Genevieve Yang (Santa Rosa, Calif.); Heyoka Studio (Stevensville, Mont.); J. Forks Designs (Hamshire, Texas); Matt Litz Silversmith (Iowa Park, Texas); and Roger Wagoner Designs (Black Hawk, S.D).

Artists in the Leather category are Brit West (Wilson, Wyo.); Buffalo Collection (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Chapman Design, LLC (Carbondale, Colo.); Gauteraux & Company (Wallace, Idaho); J & M Custom Boots (Sunland Park, N.M.); J.L. Blair Saddlery (Douglas, Wyo.); John O'Connor (Camp Verde, Ariz.); Marc Taggart & Company (Cody, Wyo.); Montana Leather Designs (Stevensville, Mont.); New West Designs (Grand Junction, Colo.); and Slickbald Customs (Longmont, Colo.).

Artists in the Metal category are Bergmeyer Benchmark, LLC (Jackson, Wyo.); Cayuse Western Americana (Jackson, Wyo.); Chris Kolodey Design (Wilson, Wyo.); David Perkins Metalwork (Newburgh, Ind.); Dragon Forge (Pine, Colo.); Dry Creek Design (Alliance, Neb.); and Gilmore Architectural Blacksmith Studio (Hamilton, Mont.).

Artists in the Mixed Media category are BallouDawg Furniture (Angel Fire, N.M.); Bekes Wooden Bicycles (Powell, Wyo.); Buffalo Days (Tecumseh, Mich.); Colorado Barrel Designs (Evergreen, Colo.); Fifield's, THE STUDIO (Conifer, Colo.); Game Trail Gatherings (Jackson, Wyo.); Hamilton’s Forge (Dubois, Wyo.); Heyoka Studio (Stevensville, Mont.); Montana Rustic Creations (Kalispell, Mont.); Rail Yard Studios (Nashville, Tenn.); Ranger Doug's Enterprises (Seattle, Wash.); and Santos Furniture (Cody, Wyo.).

Artists in the Woodworking category are Badger Creek WoodWorks (Tetonia, Idaho); Bear Paw Designs (Stevensville, Mont.); Brian Boggs Chairmakers (Ashville, N.C.); David Stine Woodworking (Dow, Ill.); Everlasting Tree (Boise, Idaho); Henneford Fine Furniture (Lakeside, Mont.); Howkola Furniture (Cody, Wyo.); Knarley by Nature (Lander, Wyo.); Kosorok Furniture (Roberts, Mont.); Marc Taggart & Company (Cody, Wyo.); Montana Western Juniper (Eureka, Mont.); Norseman Designs West (Cody, Wyo.); Palmer Rustic Furniture (Stigler, Okla.); Robert Seliger Furniture (Bend, Ore); Wildewood Furniture (Cody, Wyo.); and Woodensound Fine Woodworking (Preston, Idaho).

Additional booths exhibitors at the 2015 WDC are Guy K (Ennis, Mont); Anna Trzebinski (Aspen, Colo.); Annie Band Jewelry (Wilson, Wyo.); Bad Bronc Studio (Fort Worth, Texas); Belle Cose (Jackson, Wyo.); Blue Flax Studio (Idaho Falls, Idaho); Cayuse Western Americana (Jackson, Wyo.); Dr. C's Designs (Shreveport, La.); Elyse Allen Textiles (New York, N.Y.); Gemstone Tile (Kingman, Ariz.); Goodstrike Buffalo Hide Tanning & Arts (Hayes, Mont.); GRS Tools/Glendo Corporation (Emporia, Kan.); J.B. Hill Boot Company (El Paso, Texas); Jackson Hole Hat Company (Jackson, Wyo.); LeGrande Jewelry (Montrose, Colo.); Mirta Tummino Studio (Houston, Texas); Mountain Hides (Winnetka, Ill.); Renewal by Andersen (Salt Lake City, Utah); Sang Choi (Sandy, Utah); Wearable Art by Jae Song (Benicia, Calif.); Wood Art (Skyforest, Calif.); and Zola European Windows & Doors (Steamboat Springs, Colo.).

Retail Row exhibitors include Paul Bond Boots (Nogales, Ariz.); Goodie2shoes (Jackson, Wyo.); Workshop (Jackson, Wyo.); Two Gray Hills (Corrales, N.M.); No Harm Done Design (Cordillera, Colo.); Canty Boots (Harrison, Mont.); Marsh Brothers Silver & Saddle Shop (Etna, Wyo.); Vamp'd (Danville, Calif.); Outlaw Cowboy Furniture (Delta, Colo.); Tess McGuire, Hatmaker (Kelseyville, Calif.); Sabine Soft Furnishings (Driggs, Idaho); Stained Glass Sundays (Pinedale, Wyo.); m-g designs (Belen, N.M.); Santa Mé (Pullman, Wash.); Houston Fine Art (Ulm, Mont.); Rebellion Bags by Stephanie Wheat (Chicago, Ill.); Beltshazzar Jewels (St. Louis, Mo.); Maxx Cohen Pottery (Park City, Utah); Great River Arts (Kalispell, Mont.); Miller Leather Works (Bay City, Wis.); My Urban Poncho (Park City, Utah); Lisa Zanni Designs (Aspen , Colo.); and Earth Elements Design Center (Gallatin Gateway, Mont.).

This year’s Opening Preview Party includes a runway Fashion Show sponsored by Ward + Blake Architects, a silent and live Art Auction, the Exhibit + Sale of artists’ work, and a Designer Show House, sponsored by LintonBingle Associate Brokers and Spring Creek Ranch, featuring the work of six professional interior designers. Guests enter a foyer and walk through six individually designed rooms with wine pairings by Dark Horse featured in each room. Three-day passes for the Exhibit + Sale are $15; tickets for the Opening Preview Party, Live Auction and Fashion Show are $50/person; $125/person for limited reserved seating. For tickets, visit http://westerndesignconference.com/events/.

About the Western Design Conference:
The 23rd annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with a love of the West, sponsored by Mountain Living magazine. The Western Design Conference was founded 23 years ago in Cody, Wyo., as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The WDC moved to Jackson in 2007. Allison Merritt, who purchased the WDC in 2014, after seven years acting as event manager, continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. From documented American craft to home design to couture fashion, the show encompasses all aspects of the best of Western design. Additional information on the WDC, including schedules and tickets, is available at http://www.westerndesignconference.com and on Facebook and Twitter @WesternDesign.

Media Contact: Amy Stark, WordenGroup Public Relations, amy(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335.

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